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Ethics Briefing for Special Government Employees Serving on NASA Advisory Committees
Service on NASA Advisory Committees Appointment as Special Government Employee (SGE) Defined at 18 U.S.C. 202(a) Anyone who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform temporary duties, with or without compensation, for a period not to exceed 130 days out of any 365 days Includes advisory committees
SGE Ethics Rules Ethics Principles: Public service is a public trust May not have conflicting financial interests May not improperly use nonpublic information Avoid even the appearance of impropriety Status as SGE Equivalent to being an insider Subject to civil service ethics rules Subject to post-employment restrictions
Representational Conflicts 18 U.S.C 203 & 205 Prohibits representational activities before the Government Applies to SGEs only if: Matter involves parties (e.g., contracts) SGE was personally and substantially involved in the particular matter as part of Government service, or SGE served more than 60 days in the previous 365, and matter is pending before the same agency
Financial Conflicts 18 U.S.C. 208 Prohibits involvement in a particular matter in which the SGE, employer, or spouse or dependent child has a financial interest: An employee is disqualified from participating personally and substantially in any particular matter in which the employee, or anyone whose interests are imputed to the employee, has a financial interest, if the particular matter will have a direct and predictable effect on that interest.
Post-Employment Restrictions 18 U.S.C. 207 Permanently prohibits a former employee from making, with intent to influence, any communication to the United States, on behalf of any other person in connection with a particular matter in which the United States is a party or has a substantial interest, if the employee was personally and substantially involved in the matter.
Standards of Conduct Gift Rules Anything having monetary value Prohibited Sources Official Position Exceptions Outside business activities Personal relationships $20/$50 rule
NASA Ethics Officials Michael C. Wholley, General Counsel Designated Agency Ethics Official John G. Mannix, Deputy General Counsel Deputy Ethics Official R. Andrew Falcon, GG/Senior Attorney Deputy Ethics Official (202) , All NASA Center Chief Counsel Deputy Ethics Officials